Cool NPR Stories

Twice now today I’ve pulled into a parking spot while running errands and let the car run while listening to the radio. NPR had two good interviews today, the first with Geek Squad techie guru Robert Stephens. Basically he’s fielding stupid computer question calls, which was just fun to hear. Next up was the failed presidential bid of General Wesley Clark.

Clark was especially interesting to hear, given his military background and anti-Iraq war stance. It was also intriguing to hear his thoughts about getting into the presidential bid. The funniest moment was when he talked about making the decision to run. His wife went for a walk and told him he better make up his mind by the time she got back. He sat down and read his favorite Psalms and then prayed. And he got nothing. The way he build it up was great (I’m not doing it any justice).

Putting Together the Crib

We’ve just passed one of the first tests of parenthood: assembling the baby’s crib. Of course that test should really come before you’re pregnant so as to weed out those who are uncapable.

On the plus side we accomplished the difficult task without any instructions. On the downside, we have leftover parts. It’s a hand-me-down crib (the one Abby slept in as a baby), thus no instructions, but it’s also possible the extra parts don’t actually belong to the crib.

We’re waiting for the father-in-law who assembled the crib in the first place to come home and confirm whether or not the parts are extra. I’m betting extra–the crib is fully assembled and works fine. I can’t imagine where the extra parts would go. The extra parts are three thin wires that are hooked on the end, and one is possibly missing. But of the three, one of them is longer than the other two. Again, I think they belong to something else.

As milestones go, this one’s pretty cool. It pales in comparison to hearing the heartbeat, but an expectant father has to go with what he’s got. The only downside is the crib makes the room seem really small. When it was my office it felt huge. Now it feels cramped. Oh well: small child, small room.

Update: The spare parts don’t go with the crib.

The Return of the Detroit Red Wings

After a long silence, hockey is back. I’ve missed you, old friend. Let’s hope pro sports can learn a thing or two and stop arguing over millions. Now let’s get on with the game.

Steve Yzerman is back. In a 2004 playoff game against the Calgary Flames Yzerman took a puck to the eye in what was a horrific scene to watch. With the NHL lockout wiping out all of this year’s season, that could have been Yzerman’s last game. Thankfully he resigned with the Detroit Red Wings this week and will play again.

On the downside, the Wings have lost toothless Darren McCarty to the Calgary Flames. I’m sad to see him go. You check out the current Red Wings lineup, which includes many familiar names. I just hope they keep my boy, Pavel Datsyuk.

Time Calls Bill Frist Anti-Choice

The Verbatim section of the August 8, 2005 issue of Time magazine includes a quote from Senate majority leader Bill Frist defending his decision to change his stance on stem-cell research. In the attribute, Time refers to Frist as an “anti-choice physician”.

Since when did “anti-choice” become an acceptable term to describe someone who opposes abortion? For a while “pro-choice” and “pro-life” seemed to work pretty well, though lately they’ve fallen out of favor for the more direct “pro-abortion” and “anti-abortion”. But “anti-choice”? The logical extension of that would be to call those who support abortion “anti-life”. And I think that would raise a few eyebrows.

C’mon, Time. I’m not the kind of person to jump all over “liberal media,” but this is ridiculous.